At Charlotte Dental Esthetics in Charlotte, North Carolina, we have seen how diabetes can impact your oral health. And because 29.1 million people in the U.S. are dealing with diabetes, this isn’t a small problem. Especially since nearly 1.7 million new cases arise every year!
The problem lies with infections because they cause blood sugar to rise. High blood sugar levels affect the eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other areas of the body. Diabetics are more susceptible to infections and are less able to fight the bacteria causing infection, so gum disease can be a serious issue.
Untreated diabetes can impact your smile in a variety of ways, including:
- Decrease saliva production, leading to a condition called “dry mouth”. Dry mouth creates favorable conditions for tooth decay and gum disease to prosper.
- When you have gum disease or gingivitis, your gums will swell and bleed.
- You may have trouble tasting your food.
- Wounds in the mouth are slower to heal.
- You are more vulnerable to oral infections.
To care for your smile when you have diabetes, you will want to pay extra attention to your oral health:
- Use a fluoride toothpaste to protect your teeth and brush them twice a day. Be sure to clean around the gumline.
- Don’t forget to floss! Flossing will remove dental plaque between teeth and along the gumline.
- See your dentist regularly for professional dental cleanings and checkups.
- Make sure your dental team is aware that you are being treated for diabetes.
- If you have pain when you eat, sensitivity, bleeding gums or swollen gums, please let your dental team know.
Caring for your smile when you have diabetes involves good oral hygiene and the help of your dental team to support your oral health efforts. To learn more, or to schedule a visit with Dr. Stuart Williams, please give us a call at 704-926-5162 today.